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Michael Parkinson

Mostly Credited As: Michael Parkinson
Date Of Birth: March 28, 1935 (Age 79)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Cudworth, Barnsley, Yorkshire, England
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

Michael Parkinson


Michael Parkinson was educated at Barnsley Grammar School. He left at the age of 16 and his ambition of becoming a professional cricketer was dashed when he was rejected by Yorkshire County Cricket Club. He turned to journalism, worked on several local newspapers in Yorkshire before joining the Manchester Guardian. Michael covered all sorts, from chip pan fires in Oldham to political conferences. He joined the Observer to write about sport and became a columnist with The Sunday Times. His first work in television was as a current affairs producer at Granada Television. He joined the BBC as a reporter for "24 Hours". In 1969 he became the presenter of Granada's Cinema series. In 1971 he presented Thames Television's regular afternoon show, Teabreak. The BBC decided to give the still relatively young broadcaster his own evening chat show, "Parkinson", the same year. With his working class accent, Michael Parkinson was a breath of fresh air and over the next 11 years he interviewed many of the leading celebrities of the time. The programme established him as one of the best known faces on television, and his fame resulted in his writing for the first edition of the British Cosmopolitan Magazine and his appearance with Jon Pertwee on the front of the Radio Times. His relaxed chat show was axed in 1982. Parkinson moved to ITV and became part of the Famous Five that launched TV AM. In 1998 the BBC resurrected "Parkinson" and the ageing presenter found himself back on prime-time. He presents his own show on BBC Radio 2, during which he plays much of his beloved jazz music. He maintains notoriety for his outspoken comments about other television personalities, the Government and the state of British sport. Michael currently claims he will retire before he's 70 and set about writing the book of his life.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Parkinson: Masterclass (2012)As: Himself (Presenter)
Parkinson's All-Time Greatest Entertainers (2007)As: Presenter
Parkinson (2004) (2004)As: Himself
2000 To 1 (1999)As: Host
Parkinson (1998) (1998)As: Himself
British Comedy Awards (1990)As: Host (1990)
All Star Secrets (1985)As: Presenter
TV-am (1983)As: Presenter (1983-84)
Give Us A Clue (1979)As: Host
Granada Reports (1956)As: Himself (Presenter 1963-1966)
The BAFTA Television Awards (1954)As: Himself (Host 1999)
Episode Cast Credits 

When Andy Won Wimbledon (2014) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Jun/23/2014) As Himself 

Lifeline (UK) (2014) 
  Prostate Cancer UK 12x06: (Jun/15/2014) As Himself 

Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose (2014) 
  Michael Parkinson, Imelda May and Chinese Cooking 01x05: (May/24/2014) As Himself 

The Battle for Britain's Breakfast (2014) 
  The Battle for Britain's Breakfast 01x01: (Apr/08/2014) As Himself 

Goodbye Granadaland (2013) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Jun/15/2013) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  April 15, 2013 07x166: (Apr/15/2013) As Himself 
  November 9, 2012 07x65: (Nov/09/2012) As Himself 
  October 15, 2010 05x70: (Oct/15/2010) As Himself 
  December 17, 2008 03x106: (Dec/17/2008) As Himself 

Comic Relief's Big Chat with Graham Norton (2013) 
  2013 01x01: (Mar/07/2013) As Himself (Amarillo Video (Archive)), [Uncredited]

Loose Women (1999) 
  Series 17, Show 61 17x61: (Nov/26/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Series 15, Show 62 15x62: (Nov/30/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]

This Morning (1988) 
  November 13, 2012 25x52: (Nov/13/2012) As Himself 
  October 13, 2008 21x31: (Oct/13/2008) As Himself 
  September 11, 2007 20x07: (Sep/11/2007) As Himself 

Sport Relief (2002) 
  Sport Relief 2012 06x05: (Mar/23/2012) As Himself (Appeal Film Presenter), [Guest Hosts]

The Unforgettable (2000) 
  Russell Harty 05x05: (Mar/21/2012) As Himself 
  Rud Hull 05x04: (Feb/01/2012) As Himself 

The Many Faces of (2010) 
  Dame Judi Dench 01x04: (Dec/30/2011) As Himself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  November 30, 2010 11x334: (Nov/30/2010) As Himself 

The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007) 
  Series 7, Episode 42 07x42: (Nov/23/2010) As Himself 

Lorraine (2010) 
  Series 1, Show 35 01x35: (Oct/22/2010) As Himself 

Paul O'Grady Live (2010) 
  Show 4 01x04: (Oct/01/2010) As Himself 

GMTV (1993) 
  March 19, 2010 18x78: (Mar/19/2010) As Himself 

The New Paul O'Grady Show (2006) 
  Series 7, Show 59 07x59: (May/14/2009) As Himself 
  Series 6, Show 38 06x38: (Nov/12/2008) As Himself 
  Series 4, Show 60 04x60: (Dec/07/2007) As Himself 
  Series 3, Show 20 03x20: (Apr/27/2007) As Himself 

Top Gear (2002) 
  Series 12, Episode 1 12x01: (Nov/02/2008) As Himself (Star in a Reasonably Priced Car) 

The Andrew Marr Show (2005) 
  05 October 2008 04x06: (Oct/05/2008) As Himself 

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  Michael Parkinson, Faye Dunaway, Alan Carr, Oasis 15x05: (Oct/03/2008) As Himself 

The Story of Light Entertainment (2006) 
  Chat Shows 01x07: (Sep/02/2006) As Himself 

Harry Hill's TV Burp (2001) 
  Series 5, Episode 9 05x09: (Mar/18/2006) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

The Paul O'Grady Show (2004) 
  Series 2, Episode 5 02x05: (Mar/18/2005) As Himself 

The Frank Skinner Show (1995) 
  Michael Parkinson, Shane MacGowan, Goldie Lookin' Chain 08x07: (Nov/25/2004) As Himself 

Breakfast with Frost (1993) 
  17 June 2001 09x23: (Jun/17/2001) As Himself 

TFI Friday (1996) 
  French & Saunders, Michael Parkinson, Jerry Hall, Ted Rogers, Moby 06x01: (Nov/10/2000) As Himself 

Room 101 (1994) 
  Michael Parkinson 04x02: (Jul/29/1999) As Himself 

Have I Got News for You (1990) 
  Martin Clunes, Michael Parkinson 13x06: (May/30/1997) As Himself 

Pebble Mill (1991) 
  Series 5, Show 12 05x12: (Oct/31/1995) As Himself 

Countdown (UK) (1982) 
  Episode 1687 30x35: (Aug/18/1995) As Himself 
  Episode 1686 30x34: (Aug/17/1995) As Himself 
  Episode 1685 30x33: (Aug/16/1995) As Himself 
  Episode 1684 30x32: (Aug/15/1995) As Himself 

Screen One (1989) 
  Ghostwatch 04x09: (Oct/31/1992) As Presenter 

There's A Lot Of It About (1982) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Sep/20/1982) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

The Kenny Everett Television Show (1981) 
  Series 1, Show 5 01x06: (Mar/25/1982) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]
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